CUH reaches finals in three categories of national digital awards

19 July 2016
CUH has been shortlisted in three categories in a prestigious national award for using IT to improve patient care.

The annual EHI awards is the UK’s only dedicated healthcare IT award scheme, showcasing excellence in using IT and digital technology to improve patient care and experience.

CUH is through to the finals in three categories this year: ‘Digital NHS trust or health board of the year’; ‘Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services’; and ‘The CCIO award for clinical informatics leadership’.

CUH have been shortlisted for three awards at the annual EHI awardsThe shortlisting recognises CUH’s success in improving high-quality patient care through its innovative digital transformation programme. Like banks, supermarkets and other major institutions, CUH is using modern, secure electronic systems to run its hospitals and improve communications between its staff and between clinicians and patients.

Since eHospital was implemented across the Trust in October 2014, paper notes are largely now a thing of the past, which means medical staff can quickly and securely access all of a patient’s records at the click of a button on their internet-enabled device, instead of having to wait for potentially vital information to be collated from various places across the Trust and delivered by hand. 

eHospital has resulted in benefits including halving the time for medicine to be dispensed from the pharmacy which means patients can go home earlier, as well as saving patients making an unnecessary journey to the fracture clinic because clinicians can now view x-rays and notes online. This ‘virtual’ fracture clinic has freed up 4,500 physical clinic appointments. 

CUH’s chief clinical information officer, Dr Afzal Chaudhry, has been shortlisted for the leadership award. Dr Chaudhry spearheaded the £200m digital transformation programme, working closely with Epic and HP on software and infrastructure respectively to create one of the most integrated electronic patient systems in the UK.

Jag Ahluwalia, CUH medical director and executive for IT, said:

“We are delighted that CUH’s success in providing high-quality care to our patients through a complete renewal of our IT systems has been recognised at a national level with the EHI Awards. Built by CUH clinicians for clinicians, eHospital is an essential tool for our clinicians to provide better patient care.  

“CUH was the first NHS Trust to introduce such a large-scale and advanced system. We have learnt and are still learning important lessons which have helped us to develop, and from which the rest of the NHS will benefit as we all move towards the government’s ambition of a digital NHS by 2020.
“We are looking forward to rolling out our new patient portal over the next few months. MyChart is the only patient portal in the UK that talks directly to an electronic patient record system. This will enable patients to manage some aspects of their own care and save both patients and clinicians valuable time.”

The shortlisted projects will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from across the health sector. 

The award winners will be announced out at a ceremony in London on 29 September 2016. 

Notes to editors

CUH was the first Trust in the UK to be awarded Stage 6 of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society’s international Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) within a year of an EPR going live.


On 26 April 2016, CUH began the pilot phase of MyChart with a clinical specialty and cohort of patients. MyChart enables patients to securely access certain parts of their medical information held within their medical record in Epic. Patients can view details of upcoming hospital appointments, demographic information, current problems, medications and allergies, they have the ability to complete pre-clinic health questionnaires electronically and submit prior to their clinic appointment. They can also securely message the hospital if they notice any anomalies within the medical information that’s available to them via MyChart. Commonly used in the United States, MyChart will help to improve communications between patients and clinicians of CUH, enable patients to be more informed and involved in their care, and will help save clinicians valuable time.